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Howard Leroy Morton (May 15, 1925 – May 11, 1997) was an American actor.

Howard Morton
Howard Leroy Morton

(1925-05-15)May 15, 1925
DiedMay 11, 1997(1997-05-11) (aged 71)
Resting placeCalifornia
Years active1959–1991

Morton was best known for playing dim-witted police officer Ralph Waldo Simpson on Gimme a Break! for five seasons (1981–86). He appeared in many TV supporting roles on sitcoms including All in the Family, The Jeffersons, I Dream of Jeannie, Good Times, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and Brian Henley in My Favorite Martian (S1E10) He also played Grandpa in The Munsters Today from 1988 to 1991.[1] Morton made a number of appearances on game shows, including Super Password and Pyramid. He also appeared in many feature films, making his debut in The Mechanic (1972) and appeared on stage in productions of Auntie Mame, Morning's at Seven, and Fancy Meeting You Again.

Born in New York City, the never-married Morton moved to Hollywood in 1960 to pursue his acting career.

He died of complications of stroke on May 11, 1997, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, just four days shy of his 72nd birthday. A memorial service was held at the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Mechanic Car Polish Man
1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Photographist
1973 Scorpio Heck Thomas
1974 Rhinoceros Doctor


  1. ^ "Howard Morton". Variety. May 21, 1997. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Howard Morton". Find A Grave. February 27, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2018.

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